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Counterparty Newsletter – November 2022

November 1, 2022

Check out some recent news below:

Community Updates

Counterparty.io updates
The Counterparty.io/projects list has recently been updated. Feel free to browse and visit projects using Counterparty. You may find something new that interests you!

New additions this month include:

  • Barnyard Club is the lightly curated directory for humble farmers on Counterparty looking to continue farming after the successful completion of Bitcorns as well as novice farmers looking to share art and experiences around the barn. Farming is important to everyone, so a low barrier to entry and excellent support for new or first time creators is an important part of our ethos. The Farmers Consortium may be calling the shots but the farmers that participate from around the world are the ones bringing the wholesome art as food and non-GMO produce direct to your table. Join us in the Barnyard and become a member of the Club.
  • Pepe.wtf is an all-in-one platform for Rare Pepes, Fare Rares, Fake Commons and Dank Rares. It aims to be the center social hub of the Pepe community, providing easy-to-use tools for and frictionless Pepe exploring, buying or selling.
  • NFT Relics Explorer provides information about sales and open offers of assets on XChain and OpenSea. It also features a timeline detailing creation of various NFT projects on multiple platforms including Counterparty

If your project isn’t there, and you’d like it to be added – please contact projects@counterparty.io with a logo and a short description.

 

BLACKBOX tokens to support J-Dog into 2023
J-Dog has recently set up a new dispenser to support his continued full time focus on Counterparty through 2023:

  • New block explorer
  • Browser based mobile wallet
  • Fresh and modern Counterparty.io website
  • Implement trusted dispensers
  • Integration of a Virtual Machine into Counterparty
  • Bugfixes and improvements to Counterparty

Donations of at least 0.001 (~$20) will receive a token from the dispenser to commemorate the donation and will also receive some airdrops rewards.

 

Upcoming Events

PepeX – London – 2nd November
A Pepe exhibition and party incorporating all types of Pepes called PepeX will be hosted in London at the Old Brompton Gallery on 2nd November. Gallery opens 12noon, closes 6pm. An auction will be run by none other than Theo Goodman himself, followed by an afterparty until 9pm.

Tickets and more details available here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pepex-london-tickets-442357502197

 

FAQs to help
Watch out for a new resource coming soon to help newbies improve knowledge and provide answers to commonly asked questions. If you have any suggestions for questions, please drop us a line at support@counterparty.io.

Development Updates

Xchain.io updated – CIP25 Improvements Implementation
The Enhanced Asset Information Specification (CIP25) has been implemented within xchain.io. This allows asset owners to specify contact information, multiple media types, DNS records and social media account details.

At the end of November 2022 xchain.io will no longer display content of the HTML field without user consent – this is to reduce chances of a nefarious action being taken by the embedded HTML/javascript code.

 

Eclipse Wallet Beta!
A new chrome extension Eclipse Wallet has entered beta. fabrique.xcp has developed an extension to work with Counterparty assets. Features currently include, import a wallet using a passphrase, import addresses using private keys, issue assets, review transactions and asset details directly from your browser.

At time of writing, the Chrome Extension store is still processing the submission, but if you’d like to see it in action there is a download and instructions available from Fabrique’s Github page: https://github.com/Hakkonen/Eclipse.

 

CIPs exist to give the development and user community a voice in the future of Counterparty features. More info can be found at  https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips. If you have a great idea for improving the Counterparty experience, please get in touch.

 

Community Hangouts

The October Counterparty Community Hangout was hosted on October 12. There were some useful discussions about getting started with development, and a number of developers are now dipping their toe into the world of Counterparty development. Information can be found at 

J-Dog talks about a new block explorer in the works – tokenscan.io which will be “coming soon”.

There was an interesting discussion with Darky from Dark Inc Studios about how he came to Counterparty and how he embraced the community spirit and extensive use of subassets. Darky also talks about his charity work and how he started out with NFTs.

You can listen to the recording here: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1OdJrzloomeJX?s=20 

This month’s space will be hosted on November 9th @ 1pm PST / 4pm EST /  9pm UTC – follow the Counterparty Twitter at https://twitter.com/CounterpartyXCP or join the Official Counterparty Chat on Telegram https://t.me/Counterparty_XCP for announcements. Drop us a message if you have an exciting topic you want to discuss with developers or the community.

 

For any media inquiries contact press@counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!


Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter – October 2022

October 3, 2022

Check out some recent news below:

Community Updates

A Brief Essay of Historical Asset Hacking
Arwyn (PEP8lien) has documented a recent project he undertook with Oliver Morris. The article discussed how a sub-asset was rediscovered and released as a collaboration between Arwyn and Oliver. It’s an interesting journey of discovery, mistakes and ultimately awesomeness.

Make sure you have a read: https://arwynkhughes.substack.com/p/nakamotonakamoto-wtf.

Historic NFT Timeline Research
Session 2 of the Historic NFT Research twitter space recording is now available. Listen to discussions about how NFTs and digital assets were used 2015 – 2016. https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1YpKkgRyjwyKj?s=20  

This project is bringing together famous contributors from the NFT space to document the Historic NFT Timeline from 2011-2019 – the ultimate goal of this research is to showcase a retrospective exhibit of historical NFTs. Follow and explore the project on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hnftfest

 

Upcoming Events

Bitcoin Amsterdam Art Gallery – Westergas, Amsterdam – October 12-13
As part of the Bitcoin Amsterdam event an art gallery will be featuring the work of several prominent Pepe artists and an auction by Scarce City. The Bitcoin Amsterdam event itself runs from October 12-14.

Historical NFTs – Barcelona – October 28/29/30
The Historic NFT Event takes place in Barcelona  October 28th to 30th and has a very impressive list of people attending. There have been several Twitter Spaces leading up to the event. Check out their Twitter Profile for more information: https://twitter.com/hnftfest

PepeX – London – 2nd November
A Pepe exhibition and party incorporating all types of Pepes called PepeX will be hosted in London at the Old Brompton Gallery on 2nd November. Confirmed artists include EasyB, MrHansel, Indelible and displays of Pepenardo physical works available for viewing. More details will be available soon – keep an eye on Twitter.

 

Counterparty.io updates
The Counterparty.io/projects list has recently been updated. Feel free to browse and visit projects using Counterparty. You may find something new that interests you!

New additions this month include:

  • Bitcoin Coaster Cardsa project featuring the well known Bitcoin Roller Coaster Guy and his many adventures. It is an ongoing card collection with numbered series and cards. Join the telegram group here: https://t.me/bitcoincoaster
  • Dank Directory – Dank Directory has successfully expanded the lens that “art” can be accessed and projected, but also conceived in terms of meaning and propagating value outside of the traditional rhetoric.
  • HODLPET – the first living creature hosted on the Bitcoin blockchain via Counterparty!
  • The Drooling Apes Bus Club – a community generated NFT project focused on accessibility, fun, and artistic celebration of all things apes, drool, and buses.

If your project isn’t there, and you’d like it to be added – please contact projects@counterparty.io with a logo and a short description.

 

FAQs to help
Watch out for a new resource coming soon to help newbies improve knowledge and provide answers to commonly asked questions. If you have any suggestions for questions, please drop us a line at support@counterparty.io.

Development Updates

Freewallet 0.9.22 released!

The latest release of Freewallet introduces functionality to take advantage of Oracled Dispensers and the ability to Reset Token Divisibility, in addition to a few bug fixes.

Download the latest version for you platform (Windows, MacOS, Linux) here: https://freewallet.io/

 

Counterparty Improvement Proposals (CIPs)

The latest CIP to be announced is the Enhanced Asset Information Specification (CIP25) which defines a standard set of attributes for storing media information about Tokens, and lays the way for a simple DNS redirection service.

Using a standard schema for defining asset information will make it easier to parse out these values programmatically and paves the way for easier integration into your website or project.

CIPs exist to give the development and user community a voice in the future of Counterparty features. More info can be found at  https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips. If you have a great idea for improving the Counterparty experience, please get in touch.

 

Community Hangouts

Your Counterparty Community Outreach Manager hosted their first ever Twitter Space with developers J-Dog and Javier – they discussed recent Counterparty improvements for Resetting Asset Divisibility and Oracle Dispensers.

Unfortunately a technical issue stopped some would-be contributors from joining the conversation. You can listen to the recording here: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1YqGoAeomnAxv?s=20 

This month’s space will be hosted on October 12th @ 1pm PST / 8pm UTC – follow the Counterparty Twitter at https://twitter.com/CounterpartyXCP or join the Official Counterparty Chat on Telegram https://t.me/Counterparty_XCP for announcements. Drop us a message if you have an exciting topic you want to discuss with developers or the community. If you were unable to join last time – hopefully the Twitter Gods will bless our next twitter space.

 


For any media inquiries contact press@counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!


Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter – September 2022

September 1, 2022

Check out some recent news below:

Community Updates

https://token.art/ – A NFT Showcase App
Want to show off your Tokens and NFTs you hold across multiple platforms (Ethereum, Solana, Cardano, WAX, Counterparty, and Dogeparty) all in one place. This is an app for iOS and Android from “Awesome Labs” which allows you to add multiple addresses and browse by collection.

Using your public address, this app avoids the need to enter your secret phrase or import any private keys, thus allowing you to avoid entering your secret phrase anywhere other than your main trusted devices.

Check out the information and direct download links here: https://token.art/

 

#weareallhodlonaut Fundraiser
The Counterparty community has stepped up and taken part in the Scarce City fundraiser to support community member @hodlonaut with legal fees to defend his allegation that Craig Wright is not the identity of pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.

According to Scarce City’s “Hodlonaut Donation Collection page” over 2 BTC had been raised in total, with over 0.5 BTC (estimated) of that total generated by Counterparty backed lots.

Hodlonaut is due to take the stand and defend his allegations starting September 12. More details can be found on the website: https://www.defendingbtc.com/

New community member resources
A Counterparty resource list has been pulled together by Dogeparty and Counterparty community member @n0vaxNFT. This is an excellent resource if you are just starting out with Counterparty or Dogeparty – or if you are new to either space a great place to start.

Temporarily hosted on Google drive – it will be relocated to its new home shortly. You can find it here on Google Docs.

 

Counterparty.io updates
The Counterparty.io/projects list has recently been updated. Feel free to browse and visit projects using Counterparty. You may find something new that interests you!

If your project isn’t there, and you’d like it to be added – please contact projects@counterparty.io with a logo and a short description.

 

FAQs to help
Don’t know your segwit from your metadata? Then watch out for a new resource coming soon to help newbies improve knowledge and provide answers to commonly asked questions. If you have any suggestions for questions, please drop us a line at support@counterparty.io.

Development Updates

Counterparty 9.60.0 released!
A new release of Counterparty had arrived. Version 9.60.0 introduces new features for Oracled Dispensers (CIP24) and Reset Token Divisibility for Unused Assets (CIP03), as well as the usual bunch of bug fixes and updates.

Oracle dispensers allow you to price a dispenser in a stable fiat currency (currently USD, JPY and EUR), and regardless of the fluctuation in Bitcoin, a dispense will occur when the matching value is received.

Reset Token Divisibility is now possible if you are the owner of the asset, you own 100% of the supply and the asset is not locked. 

For more detailed information on how to update your Counterparty Federated Node, see the news article.

 

Counterparty Improvement Proposals (CIPs)
CIPs exist to give the development and user community a voice in the future of Counterparty features. More info can be found at  https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips. If you have a great idea for improving the Counterparty experience, please get in touch.

 

Community Hangouts

Last month J-Dog – Counterparty’s dedicated developer – spoke to BitcoinJake09 about all things Counterparty – A recording of the Twitter Space is available.

Fancy getting together with the community and fellow developers? Have an interesting story to tell? Have any ideas for a topic? Drop a message here https://t.me/Counterparty_XCP 

Look out for up and coming announcements for our first Community Hangout on Twitter Spaces in September 2022.


For any media inquiries contact press@counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!


Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter – August 2022

August 10, 2022

It’s been a while since the last newsletter. Check out some recent news below:

Community Updates

Coffeeparty – a global 24/7 party for coffee connoisseurs the world over
Good news for those that like coffee.The first Counterparty-based COFFEEPARTY has been created by Rare Pepe News (@rarepepetrader). Having relocated his family from Sydney to Banyuwangi, East Java, he now has access to coffee beans direct from growers and specific varieties from around Indonesia.

All beans are selected by the Founder of COFFEEPARTY, Bradley C Hughes, in consultation with Master Roasters. The beans will initially be sourced from Java, Indonesia and roasted by Master Roaster Mr Emir Yusuf in Banyuwangi, East Java.

The price of admission to be one of the 100 Founding Members of the COFFEEPARTY is 0.01 BTC. This membership provides 60 x 200g packets of delicious coffee beans, providing a different roasted coffee bean every month over a maximum five year redemption period. You can choose to have between 1 and 5 packets per month, reducing your redemption period as you increase your coffee intake.

Each monthly packet frequency has its own shipping costs, which will be paid by purchasing the corresponding quantity of shipping tokens, with shipping token redemptions required monthly in advance. Shipping tokens will be issued per frequency, and per region, with shipping costs varying according to region/country.

Initial countries and regions supported are:
Australia, EU – European Union, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States of America

For more information visit the telegram group here: https://t.me/coffeepartylobby



PHUNCHKIN drop 26th August
The PHUNCHKIN community is by the people for the people. The opportunity to use your artistic talents in whatever way you choose is encouraged. Each month a theme is agreed upon for the new series. The PHUNCHKINS then go off and create based on the theme, 1 submission per artist is accepted unless it is part of a collaboration. Each submission is then voted on by the community and the ones with the most votes will be accepted into the series.

Get involved at https://phunchkins.com/ or join the telegram group: https://t.me/phunchkins



Counterparty.io updates
The website is in the process of being updated with a list of updated and new projects. If your project isn’t there, and you’d like it to be added – please contact projects@counterparty.io with a logo and a short description.



FAQs to help
Don’t know your segwit from your metadata? Then watch out for a new resource coming soon to help newbies improve knowledge and provide answers to commonly asked questions.If you have any suggestions for questions, please drop us a line at support@counterparty.io.

Counterparty in the news

Cryptoholics has a write up on Counterparty, how it works, and what you can use it for. https://cryptoholics.com/cryptocurrency/counterparty-xcp


GQ Magazine – June 2022 – Article describing how to get into the NFT space – several notable artists’ work included in montage.

Development Updates

Fixes / Updates for the CounterpartyXCP/counterparty-lib implementation:

  • [FIX] Subasset ownership transfers will no longer fail
  • [FIX] Asset/subasset ownership transfers no longer fail from segwit addresses
  • [FIX] “*” no longer prepended to asset descriptions.
  • [FIX] Locking child asset without parent
  • [UPDATE] Forbidden SQL keywords now allowed in asset names
  • [UPDATE] Reduced bitcoin dust limit from 5640 to 546 sats for p2sh transactions
  • [UPDATE] Reduced data encoding fees on MPMA sends by a factor of 10x

A special thanks goes out to Windsok for spearheading the work to improve unit testing.

Counterparty Improvement Proposals (CIPs)

CIPs exist to give the development and user community a voice in the future of Counterparty features. More info can be found at  https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips.  A couple of notable updates:

Reset Token & Divisibility Statuses (CIP-0003) is an improvement that allows owners of tokens to reset the issuance and divisibility if the asset owner holds all of the supply. It has now achieved 100% of its funding goal and will be included in the next release

Oracled Dispensers (CIP-0024) are imminent in the next release. These are dispensers/vending machines where you will be able to sell tokens for BTC, but price items in fiat (i.e. sell a card for $10 regardless of price of BTC)

Community Hangouts

Fancy getting together with the community and fellow developers? Have an interesting story to tell? Recently Counterparty community member Oliver Morris was featured on the weekly #DPmonday Twitter Space hosted by the Dogeparty  community. A recording of the August 8 #DPmonday is available.

Have any ideas for a topic? Drop a message here https://t.me/Counterparty_XCP 


For any media inquiries contact press@counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!


Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.






Counterparty Newsletter – July 2021

July 8, 2021

Ecosystem Updates

New Projects

  • Passing of Core Developer John Villar
    It is our unfortunate duty to inform the community of the passing of one of our developers on March 8th of this year. John Villar was a friendly, insightful and kind hearted integral member of the Counterparty development team and the wider crypto community. In his wake the community came together to raise funds for his family for their unforeseen expenses. A commemorative token was created and set up in a dispenser (xchain.io/tx/1551579) with all sales being forwarded periodically to the family. John was known for not only most of the recent Counterparty protocol improvements (CIPs) but also for developing the RarePepeParty game with his company in Venezuela. A burn address has been created as a shrine to John and if users would like to send him tokens of appreciation, they can do so at : 1JohnViLLARchiguireitorxxxxwhsz7P
  • Goodman.auctions
    The first, and longest running nft/token auction in the crypto space resumes activity. With 40 to 50 rapid fire lots participants remain engaged throughout the auction which takes place on telegram or occasionally in person, such as the 2021 Miami Bitcoin conference. Although they have expanded to selling assets on other blockchain projects they have witnessed a definite spillover of new participants coming to collecting Counterparty cryptoart because of the established historical significance and provenance. An interesting trend that they recognized is that throughout the latest crypto correction, most early Counterparty works have retained or even gained value in usd terms. Buyers, Sellers and spectators are invited to learn more at https://goodman.auction
  • Uocp.org – University of Counterparty
    With the intention of building a repository for all information related to Counterparty, this education website was launched by a very active community member known as Xcer. With a Frequently Asked Questions section and some basic curriculum, users are invited to submit questions, answers or apply to be a volunteer. Learn more at https://ucop.org 
  • Xcer.co
    This new trading card company includes a Counterparty NFT with each and every card. Simply scratch the back of the card to get the private key to access the card’s Bitcoin wallet that holds the card’s displayed NFT. XCER is currently working on adding seamless trading to its platform that will let users offer and make trades with each other directly. XCER’s goal is to make acquiring Counterparty Bitcoin NFTs easy and fun for anyone and to attract a broader audience to Counterparty based projects. Learn more about this project at https://xcer.co

Existing Projects

  • XCP Foundation
    Efforts continue into 2021 as they face previous unresolved hurtles as well as new challenges. They are meeting this month in person in order to push things forward. Currently the organization is an LLC but has not successfully been approved for non-profit or not-for-profit status. Among other things, they have been informed by legal counsel that there needs to be a more organized and evident educational curation. They have also had another resignation and will be soon seeking new members who are serious about being active and attentive. A lengthier presentation and discussion will be facilitated later this month. Currently scheduled for July 31st noon EST. A formal statement is expected before then. 
  • MafiaWars.io
    Continuing on their 37th month, MafiaWars.io has distributed MAFIACASH to all family members. To encourage new submission, not only has the entry fee been waived but there is also a monthly design contest. Top three submissions chosen will be awarded MAFIACASH and enhanced in-game stats. More info http://mafiawars.io/news/montly-design-contest
  • WTHAuctionHouse
    Another established auction house restarted operations on Easter weekend at Follow the White Rabbit episode of Future Art. This return was live streamed as it took place in person at the conference. Also expanding to other blockchain projects, and rebranding as Roaring, efforts continue to facilitate buying and selling in a live setting. Auctions continue on a regular basis. More info https://roaringauctions.com
  • RarePepe.Party
    This much anticipated game has also suffered recent setbacks with the loss of John Villar and also his father, another company manager. Contimita, the company developing the game, is faced with project reprioritization and recovery. While this game may have been put on the back burner, it is not going to fade away. Mr. Javier Varona Zavatti is still working to recover the website domain and other integral accounts. He assures everyone interested that he will not give up on this project. It is his personal goal to honor his brother’s legacy by seeing the project to completion.  
  • Kaleidoscope XCP
    Kaleidoscope XCP is still online and accepting submissions. It is a place to gather CounterParty assets that might not get represented anywhere else. It currently has a pretty eclectic mix of off-kilter art and ideas. Kaleidoscope accepts most formats including standalone code blocks. Feel free to visit their website at kaleidoscopexcp.com, or get in the telegram chat if you have a specific idea you wish to discuss. https://t.me/joinchat/WPZMtLWA9QToGdJC
  • Artolin.org
    Artolin has been recently acknowledged as one of the first NFT platforms ever created. Both Dada and Martin Ostachowsky have made public their support. This platform continues to be open for submissions at https://artolin.org

CounterParty in the Wild

  • The Rare Pepe Story – Tuesday July 13th 9PM EST
    Tune into TwitterSpaces or head over to MetaverseDAO HQ in Cryptovoxels to catch the first in a series about early NFTs. Shannon Code from COVAL, Joe Looney of RarePepeWallet fame, Artnome and more share with Claire Silver as moderator. Topics include the birth of RarePepe, meme culture, current state and future of NFTs. https://twitter.com/metaverseDAO/status/1412970030237724675
  • Scarce.city
    Built on Lightning Network and specializing in auctions for fine bitcoin goods, Scarce.city hosted several RarePepe lots since launch. The debut lot, in mid April, was from Mike and Joe Looney. It featured Physical RAREPEPE and GOXPEPE and fetched 46,000,000 satoshis valued at $15,698.47. Since then, others have also utilized this service. https://scarce.city/collections/rare-pepe-1
  • Bitcoin Miami 2021
    Some community members had the opportunity to attended this conference and a few even had a chance to display RarePepe artwork. This was a great opportunity to get exposure to the greater Bitcoin community. Several new users joined the telegram room and mentioned that they had made personal contact with one of our community members. 

Development News

Completed CIPs 

In the last year several upgrades have been integrated into the CounterParty protocol. 

  • CIP #21 – Dispensers (Vending Machines)
    Dispensers are a major functional upgrade which allow any user to set up a vending machine to sell any counterparty token at a set BTC price. Once the minimum amount of BTC is sent to the dispenser, then the sending address is credited back with the token(s) from the dispenser all in a single transaction. This feature makes using Bitcoin (BTC) on the Counterparty platform much easier and makes the entire process a single transaction. This feature was primarily written to simplify buying things on Counterparty using BTC. In addition this feature allows for setting up of multiple dispensers on the same address to enable selling “packs” of cards or tokens with a single BTC payment.
    https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/master/cip-0021.md
  • CIP #22 – Update Fednode Stack to Use Addrindexrs
    This CIP was created and implemented to make running a federated node easier and faster, as switching from index to addrindexrs for tracking BTC address balances resolves a number of issues including unacceptable address balance query times and the occasional hang on queries which took a long time to respond.
    https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/master/cip-0022.md
  • CIP #23 – Bug Fixes on Non-divisible Dividends and 0 Quantity Credits
    This CIP resolved an issue where users were unable to do dividend payments when the dividend asset was non-divisible. In addition this CIP resolved an issue where 0-quantity records were being created incorrectly in the Counterparty database, adding to the database bloat.
    https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/master/cip-0023.md

Upcoming CIPs

  • CIP#24 – Oracled Dispensers
    Oracled Dispensers are a proposal which will allow users to price and sell their vending machine tokens using a fiat currency (USD, CAD, EUR, etc). By using trusted oracles which broadcast the price of fiat currencies on a regular basis, users will be able to sell their tokens for BTC, but priced in fiat. Currently a user is only able to sell tokens from vending machines for a fixed BTC price, which given the BTC price fluctuations is a bit undesirable as the user is never sure exactly how much the BTC they are getting is worth at the time of payment. Using oracled dispensers, users will be able to sell their tokens for a set fiat price (say $5 USD) and the dispenser will only vend out a token when it determines that it has received a BTC payment which is at least $5 USD or more. This feature greatly expands the functionality of dispensers and is currently accepting funding at https://xchain.io/tx/1547115
    https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip24/cip-0024.md

Upcoming Events

  • Developer Meeting – July 18th at 17:00 EST
    This open meeting will be hosted on telegram and recorded for those who cannot make it to the live event. If you are interested in presenting, please email press@counterparty.io with a proposal and contact information. We will be allocating 10-15 minutes for each presenter as well as an open discussion afterwards. 
  • XCP Foundation Town Hall Meeting – July 31st Noon EST
    Remaining members will give an update on the efforts over the last year as well as facilitate an open discussion in order for the community to determine the most suitable ways to take on the ever changing challenges that come with collective decision making.



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 06-12-2019

June 12, 2019

June sees some big steps forward in terms of community strengthening, strategically positioning counterparty for a positive future alignment and beginning groundwork to structure the project for longevity.

Ecosystem Updates:

The twelth MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-12#

Wallet updates

The easy to use Counterparty Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by has received several further updates, including a bugfix affecting asset divisibility and improved logic for fee estimation

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io https://github.com/loon3/Freeport-extension

CounterParty community

A popular thread on CounterParty talk forum was started by community member CryptoAlan where a number of participants discussed a future reboot of a community driven, community comprised foundation in order to more effectively establish soft governance and generally steer CounterParty forward. As counterparty is an open source, grass-roots decentralized project, each individuals voice is important and is listened to. Please feel free to peruse the full thread below, and consider contributing your viewpoint if you haven’t already https://counterpartytalk.org/t/counterparty-foundation-in-2019-new-updates/5446/67

Ultimately discussions originating from the thread above spurred the announcement of the newly formed CounterParty foundation; by community member J-Dog and marks the start of the first election for the new entity. Below is a description of the stated goals and directions

The Counterparty Foundation is a group dedicated to advancing the Counterparty protocol and its products, educating the community on the Counterparty technology, driving global Counterparty awareness, and ensuring Counterparty remains a successful and growing platform.

The Foundation is governed by five Community Directors.

Today, we’re happy to announce the start of the Counterparty Foundation Community Directors 2019 election.

For the next three weeks, from June 10th till July 1st, we are inviting everyone to participate in the election process by nominating candidates to fill five Community Director seats. The only requirement for the nomination is that the candidate hold at least 50 XCP and prove this by broadcasting a message from his or her address with the name of the nominee.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate, please reply to this thread with the following candidate information:

After the two week long voting period, at the voting closing block, the top five addresses that receive the highest number of votes will be announced as winners, and their owners receive Community Director positions for the term of one year.

The forum thread for contributing to the ongoing 2019 election is as follows: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/ann-start-of-the-counterparty-foundation-2019-election-nomination-period-jun-10th-july-1st/5535

Please feel free to chime in with suggestions, votes and nominations. Again, as a grass roots project- there is no costly financial barrier or restriction- anybody is free to nominate themselves.

Community member monkey has also set upon creating a thread that aims to work towards documenting and facilitating a community editable interface for the more efficient outreach to exchanges, with a goal to to improve liquidity and discoverability of the base token. Monkey mentions that as of early June, two exchanges have been contacted and are currently looking into listing counterparty, with further dialogue and dialogue with other exchanges to follow. The thread is as follows

https://counterpartytalk.org/t/exchange-outreach/5514

In meatspace news, The second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) took place last month during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival featured from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space. A RAREAF afterparty took place with admission tickets available on the blockchain, and DEX– tokenized via the counterparty protocol

Development news

In development news, counterparty developers, in collaboration with IndieSquare are gearing up for an announcement of a major signature project– HAZAMA.

HAZAMA is a bitcoin side chain technology built using the federated peg model. It allows the 2 way peg of BTC, Counterparty and other blockchain assets such as ERC-20 to a cheaper and faster side chain. HAZAMA has no HAZAMA token nor native asset/ICO, it only supports 1:1 pegging of existing assets (for example XCP and other assets running on top of counterparty).
A current complaint of leveraging main-chain bitcoin/ethereum for asset transfer is high transaction fees and slow confirmation times in periods of peak congestion or spam attacks

Hazama allows dAPPS the ability to let users transfer digital assets & tokens with faster throughput and much lower fees. Peg in and Peg out at anytime.

Due to the instant confirmation property of Lightning and Hazama users will be able to instantly buy and sell HAZAMA assets for BTC. This opens up a world of new use-cases for counterparty assets.

https://www.hazama.indiesquare.me/

Core Counterparty development

Two new CIP’s (CounterParty Improvement Protocols) were publicized, fully funded and are currently in development due to be released on the next development milestone.

CIP 20: Segwit address sweep

CIP 20 Will provide a way for users to easily sweep legacy accounts onto Segwit accounts operating on counterparty protocol.

Counterparty has been receiving multiple fixes and enhancements, Counterparty was one of the few projects that has been updated with Segwit support.

However, moving assets and ownerships between addresses in large batches (e.g to a segwit enabled address) has been cumbersome and expensive in the past due to how Counterparty addresses are encoded.

SegWit adoption has proven to reduce the burden of on-chain transactions by a huge factor on the main chain, and as users of the “commons” we must set forth an example of “good citizenship” on the usage of the limited resource that is blockchain storage. Using and promoting SegWit addresses only prove to be a winning move for lower fees, but it will also show to the main core detractors that we’re well behaved inside the parent blockchain.

This CIP (CIP 20) Provides a simple, fast migration path from legacy accounts to Segwit for counterparty users.

The github repo for the CIP 20 (Segwit address sweep) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0020.md
Discussion on CIP 20 (segwit address sweep): Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip20-address-sweep/5487

CIP 21: BTC Dispenser

CIP 21 details a clever mechanism to swap arbitary tokens for on-chain BTC without the need for a third signed message, unlike the current BTCPay implementation that existing on-chain BTC sends currently use that mandates the counterparty sending BTC must remain online in order to trustlessly sign the transaction authorizing the send of the BTC to the recipient on theother end within a certain timeframe.

This elegant new solution allows the set-up of non interactive ‘offline’ ‘dispensers’ that simply swap amount of a particular asset upon receipt of BTC, avoiding counterparty risk

The github repo for the CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) can be found here: https://github.com/CounterpartyXCP/cips/blob/cip21/cip-0021.md
Discussion on CIP 21 (BTC Dispenser) Can be found here: https://counterpartytalk.org/t/cip21-dispensers/5488

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 05-01-2019

May 1, 2019

It’s been a buzzing couple of weeks all round in the Counterparty space. Check out a snippet of what’s been happening in the past month via the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

The eleventh MAFIACASH rewards distribution has been completed – all players of the mafia themed, blockchain based idle accumulation game have been rewarded with MAFIACASH token distributions. A full breakdown of the distribution stats including changes in family membership and current profits can be found here: https://mafiawars.io/news/mafiacash-distribution-11#

Elsewhere, some continued good news for fans of Bitcrystals following last newsletters Gems news. BCY; The native token of the popular Blockchain based card game Bitcrystals has recently been listed on the Alterdice exchange!

Alterdice is a Singaporean cryptocurrency trading platform established in 2018 currently listing 20 cryptocurrencies and 70 trading pairs. It offers relatively low fees (0.2%) mobile and web based trading, and offers clients various crypto and fiat pairings.

Alterdice is listed on CoinMarketCap and other aggregators with healthy reported volumes. And as of today, BYC joins the likes of Ethereum and LTC on the exchange with it’s successful listing. BCY markets are currently available for customers to trade with BTC (with the full range of USD, BTC, and ETH pairings reportedly being rolled out.)

The Bitcrystals team have also been very busy networking with a meeting in Paris with French Gaming Giant Ubisoft as part of the blockchain gaming startup incubator program, Paris Blockchain week summit and a talk by the CEO @ShabanShaame at the Crypto Games Conference in Minsk, Belarus


In other ecosystem news, as mentioned in the April newsletter Augmentors took the step to remove their app from the app stores earlier this year and redesign the game from scratch. The first phase of their redesign was to start by build an MVP (minimum viable product)

The team has been reporting progress on their MVP coming to fruition and is offering a closed Alpha testing. The testing period will run from 14:00 UTC on Friday, 10 May 2019; until Monday, 13 May 2019 14:00 UTC. Those who have registered to be a tester will receive an email on Friday 10 May with instructions on how to install the app for testing. You can find full details of their testing process below.


Freeport updates

The easy to use Cryptogoods Chrome Extension Wallet, Freeport by developer and rockstar CounterParty contributor Joe Looney that was first showcased in last months newsletter has received several updates, minor bugfixes and general improvements– including dust and transaction format fixes (allowing spending from unspent UTXO’s) , the addition of twitter verification (linking a cryptogood address to a twitter handle) and various smaller UI and UX cleanups.

Check it out on the Chrome Extension store or Github at https://freeport.io

CounterParty in the news

The website CardRates, with input from CounterParty contributor and speaker Theo Goodman has published an excellent article on CounterParty entitled “Open-Source Counterparty Pushes Blockchain Capabilities Beyond Money Transfers” where they cover the wide range of applications of Blockchain beyond simply “store of value” and specifically hone in on how CounterParty has, since 2014 enabled transformative token economies by writing in the margin of traditional Bitcoin transactions– citing a number of innovative projects running on the platform and expanding on Counterparty’s vision for the future.

Read the full article here: https://www.cardrates.com/news/open-source-counterparty-pushes-blockchain-beyond-money-transfers/

Theo also speaks at the seminal Consensus NYC blockchain conference (13-15th May) with a talk entitled “Cutesy Cats: Tokens Come to Gaming and Betting”

In more conference news, the second Rare AF (Rare Art Festival) is scheduled to run on May 18th during Blockchain week NYC. The digital art festival features pundits from Ethereum, EOS, and CounterParty community and builders, artists and buyers involved in the nascent NFT (Non fungible token) space

NFT’s designed for digital collectible platforms like counterparty-based farming phenomenon Bitcorn Crops are among some of the artwork that has been accepted in submissions.

A new DEX emerges

Raizer DEX- An new alternate implementation of a Decentralized exchange for CounterParty assets/tokens has been launched, with a view to letting users not just trade tokenized Counterparty assets/assets via an intuitive web-based interface but Bitcoin too via a similar process to wrapped Ethereum (WETH) that various Decentralized exchanges incorporate on the Ethereum ecosystem (albeit more centralized).

The team states in their website their design goal is letting have the same user experience and interface as traditional stock exchanges they may be used to. By incorporating XCP and BTC markets into their online exchange frontend (via a process of exchanging BTC into representative tokens exchangeable for their equivalent Raizer BTC token the stated goal is to facilitate more frictionless trading of the liquid BTC asset). Several pairs are currently active.

The Raizer team has an official twitter account which can be found here where they also link to their telegram and discord communities

You can find a link to the Decentralized exchange implementation itself here https://raizer.cc/ (where the answer to several FAQ’s also lie)

editors note: counterparty.io cannot vouch nor endorse for the safety or trustworthiness of alternative implementations of DEX frontend by third parties. We would urge end-users, as they would on any new platform to be cautious about re-using existing seeds or transferring large balances when evaluating wallets published by external sources

CounterParty behind the bar

Avacus is a Purse like system with it’s flagship token, VACUS operating atop of the counterparty protocol. Avacus connects people who want to shop for great deals using cryptocurrency and people who want to get cryptocurrency more conveniently without using an exchange, all through the Amazon wish list. The service primarily caters to the Japanese market segment but has a view of expanding to international markets in future. You can find more info on Avacus here.

In May 2018 Avacus launched it’s own pop-up sake bar concept, AVA-SAKE with a view to providing an avenue for like-minded cryptocurrency enthusiasts to mingle. In addition to payment in Yen (naturally) the bar also accepts Avacus and XCP tokens as payment for it’s range of Sake, whiskey and other potions.

AVA-SAKE’S 1 year anniversary has now been reached, and to mark the occasion a special collaborative event was recently held at Bar the WU in Shibuya Tokyo, Japan, with limited edition beer mats, special brews and other swag available in exchange for various tokens.

Development news

Pebble – IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – has continued to see developmental updates with the announcement of easy to use channel funds recovery feature (restore from cloud services) as a feature soon to be added.

Elsewhere in other counterparty related development initiatives Developers at Circuits of Value (Coval) have recently developed and published an API that aims to simplify the process of integration and management of XCP and other tokens running on top of the Counterparty protocol. This is especially helpful for those exchanges or other services seeking to integrate CounterParty assets into their ecosystem

The NodeJS API handles transaction construction, transaction signing and wallet management and is purported to be near feature-complete and in continued development
The code has been published on Open source Mecca Github for interested persons to download, inspect and play with at their leisure.

In internal generalized development focus, work continues on the following CIP’s

CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):

Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 04-01-2019

April 1, 2019

It’s been a quiet month all round for the Counterparty community. Nevertheless, check out the updates below.

Ecosystem Updates:

Mafia Wars completed both their 10th distribution of MAFIACASH this past month. In another successful month for the COLOMBO family, the family grew by 56%; adding 545 new members. The GENOVESE family lost a member but still maintained their number 2 ranking. The Mafia Wars team is continuously promoting new card designs via their twitter handle. You can find out more information on how to purchase them here as well as check some out below:

BitCrystals has some positive news following last month’s announcement to discontinue the progression of Spells of Genesis. Spells of Genesis players can now use the BitCrystals currency (BCY) to purchase one of the in-game currencies; Gems. Previously, Gems could only be bought using fiat currencies, and allow players to purchase speciality card packs and refill their stamina during gameplay. Spells of Genesis also celebrated the sale of more than 40,000 cards via Book of Orbs.

The BitCrystals team also launched their ‘Bloom Campaign’ this past month, to incentivize users to download the multi-chain wallet; Casa Tookan. Ending April 30th, players will be rewarded with BCY the more they use Casa Tookan. Read more here.

The team has also promoted their Satoshi edition, Spells of Genesis themed cold storage ledger. Check it out:

In other news, Spells of Genesis held the number 1 spot on Digirare at one point over the last month:

Lastly, BitCrystals and EverdreamSoft CEO; Shaban Shaame, will be speaking at Belarus’ Crypto Games Conference.

FoldingCoin shared via social media that FNTS; a cloud solutions service, was providing free cloud sharing services to help with the computer power distributing process.

FoldingCoin was recently added by a bilingual stat service to their project. Available in English and Dutch, the blockspot service analyzes the FLDC token in its circulation.

Augmentors continues to engage its community with some major news over the past month. The game has temporarily been removed from the app store whilst the team rehauls the game as a whole; following feedback to make the game more engaging and fun. The main point of focus for the team is to increase user retention within the game and VR experience, and as a result, any roadmapped blockchain progress has also been delayed.

Two upcoming improvements to the game include the feature that allows for multiple creatures in battle, as well as the testing of turn mechanics to determine which creature will feature first in a battle and how often.

This is currently dependent on the creature’s speed. Existing and new creatures in the game are also being redeveloped to be more unique. You can check out all of the team’s community updates here.

Age of Rust follows on from last month as their social media recaps their presence at San Francisco’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC).

The team also highlighted how the project was getting some attention in Korea:

Freewallet, an opensource Bitcoin and Counterparty wallet, powers through with another update this month. Version 0.1.9 includes some bug fixes and increases wallet stability:

Freeport.io is an app created by Rare Pepe Wallet founder; Joe Looney. Available as a Google Chrome extension, allows users to create cryptogoods- much like the beloved Rare Pepe – via the Bitcoin Blockchain. Freeport promotes image anchoring to ensure the authenticity of any asset created. Check out more here:

Counterparty in the News:

Pebble – as mentioned last month to be IndieSquares latest counterparty supported, lightning wallet – was mentioned by the bitcoin merchant directory as one of seven lightning wallets to try out.

With RareAF2 taking place on May 18th in New York City, submissions of rare art for the event were held (and closed) last month. To learn more about the event and who will be selecting the art from all of the entries click here.

In a new video by Bitcoin Weird; sponsored by Bitcorn Crops, JScrilla lends his experience to the discussion, and also talks Rare Pepes:

Development News:

Development news is quiet this month as our team continues to work on the current CIPs as listed below:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.




Counterparty Newsletter 02/04/2019

February 4, 2019

It’s the crypto winter, the polar vortex has forced some of our favourite projects indoors as they bide their time, whilst others tease some updates for us this month:

Ecosystem Updates:

Indiesquare is working on a new project to help games send Counterparty tokens with low fees. The project remains highly protective in what it can reveal right now but promises to reveal more information soon.

Mandel Duck will similarly be developing games that utilize this tech, so stay tuned for more information as it comes!

Mafia Wars started the month with their 8th distribution of MAFIACASH. The team celebrated a huge month with over 200 players joining the game this month! Among the families, the Colombo family emerged the strongest with 77 new members. Check out more info in the jump above, alongside more info on the distributions here.

In the past month, the Mafia Wars team have hosted card giveaways via their twitter handle. With lots of new designs and monthly design contests, this is hopefully a tradition that will follow through to the coming months.

You can now trade your Mafia Wars collection within Book of Orbs here.

BitCrystals has revealed that you can now buy the BitCrystals token with both BTC and ETH.

With another addition to the CrystalsCraft collection, Joey Chips’ ‘CRYPTOARTATM’ is available via Book of Orbs now.

FoldingCoin has has a quieter month after a taking a series of progressive steps for the project which you can check out here. Still, the team has announced via their Twitter handle that the 3rd venue to accept their FLDC token is an art venue. As art holds a beloved place within the crypto community, you can check out Lynx Art, a Floridian based company here. Make sure to check out the Folding Coin twitter handle for further updates as and when they are released.

Augmentors posted their review of Q1 and Q1 as they entered the new year. With an official roadmap that was most recently released here, the team hosted a screenshot contest that kept players busy. You can check out the results here. In the update, the team announced that with the upcoming open beta, they’ll be updating the game every couple of weeks,

Age of Rust has been a longterm feature in the Counterparty newsletters, but in case you need an introduction, the team shared an awesome introductory piece via their twitter handle. The medium article titled; “Age of Rust — Who?, What?, Where?, When?”, follows Age of Rust through its beggings to now, creating a great timeline for fans and newcomers alike, highlighting the Counterparty protocols role throughout. Check it out.

In other news, the team introduced new gameplay footage to users last month, check it out below:

Counterparty in the News:

With a quiet news cycle this month,  JScrilla posted his 2018 recap of CryptoArt and music featuring some Counterparty projects. The post features the ‘Art on the Blockchain’ podcast that in itself features so big Counterparty community influencers.

Also featured, is the Rare Art Festival and Bitcorn Crops.

Development News:

All exchanges and main ecosystem actors have updated successfully to Counterparty 9.56.0 and that Developers are currently working towards the next set of features for 9.57.0.


Here is a reminder of current and future CIPs:



CIP 6 – P2SH data encoding:
P2SH data encoding will allow Counterparty to utilize more space for transactions. CIP 6 will be beneficial to large transactions and is a prerequisite in supporting some of the more advanced send types, such as multi-peer-multi-asset (MPMA) and Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT).

CIP 10 – Multi-Peer Multi-Asset Sends (MPMA):
Multi-Peer Multi-Assets sends will allow many assets to be sent to many peers in a single transaction, simplifying batch transactions, and reducing transaction fees even further.


CIP 13 – Multiparty Counterparty Aggregate Transactions (MCAT):
MCAT will allow Counterparty users to group their transactions with those of other Counterparty users, to reduce their send costs considerably. Most users will be able to utilize this feature to send transactions for less than the cost of a single bitcoin transaction.

CIP 13 will also allow Counterparty users to utilize MCAT nodes, to send assets across the Counterparty Network, and pay for the transaction fees in an asset other than BTC.

Counterparty is an open-source, community-funded project which progresses solely through the generous time and monetary donations of others.

To stay up to date with any pending and currently developing CIPs check out their Github pages and the official Counterparty donate page here.

If you have a project that you’d like included in our newsletter please contact us at projects@counterparty.io

Please share or RT Counterparty CIPs on social media so we can help fulfill them faster!

We have also recently opened up a press channel for any media inquiries and would ask any media outlets to contact press@Counterparty.io.

Please join the @Counterparty_XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation!



Disclaimer: This newsletter is sent as an informational piece, and no part of it should be taken as financial advice.



Counterparty Update 06/06/16

June 6, 2016

Ecosystem News

On June 1st, Storj attended Decentralized and Encrypted in Berlin, Germany. The Blueyard Capital event was self-described as “The mission to upgrade the internet & an open conversation with Edward Snowden”. Storj’s Shawn Wilkinson gave a presentation titled “A decentralized vision of object storage”. A video of the presentation will be made available by the event in about a week.

Over the next two days Storj held their Open Beta Launch Party in Berlin followed by a Global Open Beta Launch for those who were unable to make it to Germany. The Global Open Beta Launch was held via Slack and Google Hangouts to answer questions in real-time. Watch a recording of the hangout here.

Storj put an update out on June 2nd titled “How Storj is increasing security exponentially”. It is an important piece from the Storj team and I recommend reading it in full.

Map of Storj Nodes

Congratulations to the GetGems project on reaching their final funding milestone. GetGems upgraded to Android version 3.0 to comply with Telegram 3.8.1. This update added a “Hide Message Read” function and the ability to change the color theme among other chat and GetGems settings improvements.

GetGems is closing their BitcoinTalk forum in favor of a Telegram channel for general discussion.

GetGems defined a roadmap going forward and added bounties for GetGems translations.

“The overall direction for GetGems is to leverage the Telegram ecosystem.”

Read the full GetGems update here.

The Counterparty DEx (Decentralized Exchange) removes the need for Counterparty assets to be listed on centralized exchanges. Being on a centralized exchange can be a benefit to some projects for the sake of visibility, if you support GetGems open a ticket on Poloniex to demonstrate your support for the project.

“Yes, if we receive enough requests from the GEMZ community there is a chance we won’t delist it, ” – Poloniex support

CoinDaddy.io is a service that will be increasingly important as Counterparty gains popularity. CoinDaddy, a company run by Counterparty director Jeremy Johnson (widely known as J-Dog), is similar to GoDaddy with a stated goal as follows: “CoinDaddy is a crypto 2.0 services company that makes blockchain technologies easier to understand and use. Our goal is to help users understand the power of blockchain technologies and provide tools to help them use it today to benefit their lives.”

Coindaddy Cropped

CoinDaddy is a project that will be covered in detail in a future update.

Several weeks ago Let’s Talk Bitcoin and Tokenly made a podcast titled “Putting the Pieces Together with Tokenly”.

Tokenly is service that offers modular, open-source, server-based tools with the goal of making features facilitated by Counterparty tokens more accessible to non-technical users. The project is led by long-time Counterparty community member Adam B. Levine and former community director Devon Weller.   

Counterparty Content

Long-time Counterparty community members Dan Anderson and Dante made a highly entertaining podcast on domains and ventured into domain discussion related to Counterparty for the majority of the podcast. The podcast is titled “Raiders of the Lost Episode” on account of the episode being recorded in April and released weeks later.

Counterparty coverage starts at 16:15 but I recommend listening to the entire episode if you are interested in domains.

The full release of Spells of Genesis is coming in Fall of 2016. Bitcoinist.com went into detail on the full release here.

Christian Moss wrote an article on Medium about Counterparty tokens leading the digital asset revolution by making in-game assets fungible in the real world and transferrable between distinct games.

Counterparty News

Counterparty held a community meeting on June 1st. There are several points of interest from community directors.

Koji Higashi had some thoughts to share about expanding Counterparty’s growing presence in Japan.

“As a quick update from me, my main focus as a community director is to expand the community to more countries and areas in the world, most notably Japan and China. I’m in close communication with some Japanese exchanges for example for CP assets listed and beyond and I’m hoping to report some good news in the near future.”

Matt Young talked about his ecosystem outreach and stated his goals as the following:

1) To get any feedback and feature requests available to us from folks that are using the platform/protocol so that we may improve it.

2) To enlist help from companies in the development of the features they’d most like to see.

3) Keep an open avenue of communication for the projects/businesses built on Counterparty.

Matt can be contacted at matt.young@counterparty.io with any relevant ecosystem or project information.

Trevor Altpeter shared some general information of interest to the Counterparty community.

“I’ll kick it off by addressing Poloniex withdrawal problems. It is something we are aware of but ultimately a problem on their end. Bittrex is an alternative option that is having very few reported problems.”

Trevor continued on to explain Counterparty outreach efforts.

“We have made an outreach group to improve distribution of Counterparty content to our community and primarily to assist in the creation of new Counterparty content. Whether that means writing it ourselves or helping other journalists learn about Counterparty we are going to do what it takes.”

“We are also pursuing language translations for Counterparty content as that is likely the best way to expand the use of Counterparty globally”

The Counterparty Slack added a new public channel called “assets-and-domains” in response to requests from several domain specialists in our community.

Counterparty recently passed 50k created assets and we are nearing 500k transactions! An update on this significant milestone will be forthcoming.

Core Development Updates

Additional information regarding the EVM will be available this week.

Progress continues on P2SH. Ruben De Vries’ P2SH branch has recently been merged into the counterparty-lib develop branch, where it is undergoing some additional testing.

Since the code in develop changes the Counterparty protocol in several spaces, Counterparty will be setting a block number for the changes to go active in the next few weeks. Under ideal circumstances P2SH should be live on mainnet within the month.

Another exciting development update that is close to being finished is a revamped build system that is based on Docker and Docker Compose. The changes do away with the old linux setup script, and make it much easier to get started running the Counterparty software. Full documentation is almost complete and will be released shortly. For a sneak peek, see here.

Ruben has created a demo project to compose P2SH transactions, for testing purposes. Impressively, it also contains the basic components to demonstrate an atomic swap between BTC and XCP! This is an incredibly exciting development that will have more news forthcoming soon. Check out the project here.

In addition, Storj’s @f483 has created a library to implement unidirectional micropayment channels. His work can be found here.

Join the Counterparty XCP group on Telegram for breaking news and real-time Counterparty conversation.



Counterparty Update 05/23/16

May 23, 2016

Ecosystem News

Spells of Genesis is a popular Android and iOS game that makes use of Counterparty to create in-game assets. Spells of Genesis posted a project roadmap that outlines the steps needed to complete the game by the estimated full release in September 2016. Project lead, Shaban Shaame, posted a project update on Youtube as well.

Storj is having a launch party on June 2nd in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the launch party is to announce the open beta of the Storj network.

Storj is one of nine partners in Microsoft Azure’s BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) program. Robert Tiger gave a short description of Storj’s offering in a recent Bitcoin.com article:

“Storj nodes sell resources to store and transfer data. In the process, nodes earn Storjcoin X or other select cryptocurrencies in exchange for services. In short, an individual could earn an income by leasing or renting hard drive space or extra bandwidth. Storj has created a data storage system that can not be censored, and is cheaper, faster, and more secure than traditional cloud storage platforms.”

The rest of the article about the BaaS ecosystem can be read here and an earlier CoinTelegraph article on the subject can be read here.

MandelDuck recently released an Android version of their popular iOS game known as “SaruTobi”. According to Jon Southurst of Bitcoin.com:

“MandelDuck also produces the iOS ‘geocaching’ app Takara, in which users ‘drop’ small amounts of bitcoin in specific locations for others to pick up if they visit that location. It has seen users travel physically to coffee shops, houses, bridges and even islands to collect the dropped ‘treasure’.

SaruTobi (which means ‘monkey fly’ in Japanese) uses Counterparty tokens as in-game items, and connects to the IndieSquare Counterparty Wallet. This allows users to receive bitcoin tips and even share items from different games.”

Read more of Jon’s article here.

SaruTobi features a collaboration with the IndieSquare wallet to facilitate the use of Counterparty tokens within the game. Indiesquare shared some thoughts on the partnership in a Medium post:

“The more intriguing addition, however, is the ability to connect to IndieSquare Wallet not only to receive bitcoin tips, but also to use some of the Spells of Genesis blockchain cards as powerups in SaruTobi. Players who hold SoG cards in their IndieSquare Wallet accounts can connect the wallet with SaruTobi easily and enjoy using the game items across the two games seamlessly.”

An interesting aspect of this partnership is the ability to use in-game items across different games. In-game items created as Counterparty tokens exist autonomously allowing for their use on different platforms. Spells of Genesis and SaruTobi are leading the way for this rapidly developing trend in gaming. Counterparty, and by extension Bitcoin, is the technology best positioned to accommodate this niche.

“This kind of cross-game collaboration is possible through the use of Counterparty tokens as game items due to blockchain’s open nature. The SaruTobi and SoG are spearheading this new and exciting field of tokenized game items on the blockchain.”

The full IndieSquare post can be read here.

The SaruTobi game features a Counterparty token called NINJASUIT. The token can be viewed on the Blockchain here.

Adam B Levine’s Let’s Talk Bitcoin continues to create some of the best Bitcoin content available. Jonathan Mohan interviewed York Rhodes of Microsoft to discuss blockchains, technology and the growth in enterprise adoption. Microsoft Azure has nine partners in its BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) Ecosystem, one of which is Counterparty’s Storj project. Listen to Episode 294 here.

Counterparty Content

Counterparty Director Koji Higashi wrote a blog post on the state of Bitcoin and Counterparty in Japan.

A follow-up article to Koji’s blog post was published on Bitcoin.com several days later.

“Not only are we seeing a massive growth of Bitcoin adoption and media coverage here but also Japan has turned into a very interesting place for Bitcoin 2.0 experiments and the token economy.” – Koji Higashi, Counterparty Foundation

CryptoHustle published a speculative blog post on their belief that XCP is primed for a ”Bull Run”.

The Counterparty Foundation published a piece titled “Proposal for Ethereum Smart Contracts on Counterparty Mainnet”.

Counterparty News

A Counterparty Group has recently started on Telegram. It is a public group and all Counterparty users are encouraged to join. The group will remain public for at least the first 200 users. Check it out here.

The Counterparty Foundation released an update several days ago.

The first Counterparty Community Meeting is coming up on June 1st. Community meetings are held once per month on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are conducted via Google Hangouts with real-time input from Slack. An agenda for the June 1st meeting will be posted to Slack a few days before.

Core Development Updates

P2SH will be live on Counterparty within 6 weeks!

“We are looking forward to merging P2SH which will facilitate the use of Bitcoin multisig addresses (which start with a ‘3’ instead of a ‘1’) following the industry standard while laying the groundwork for more complex scripts and payment channels.” – Counterparty Core Developer Ruben de Vries



Counterparty Foundation Update

May 18, 2016

The 2016 Counterparty Foundation has been busy the past couple of weeks. We have several changes to announce that came out of our first meeting:

The first Counterparty Community Meeting will be held on June 1st. These community meetings will be held once per month on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will be held on Google Hangouts with real-time input from Slack. An agenda will be posted to Slack a few days before.

The Counterparty.io Website is undergoing a content refresh to be more clear regarding what Counterparty is, as well as talk to the exciting new features on the horizon. In this vein, the Japanese Counterparty Community is growing rapidly and we want to improve our tools for Japanese users! Counterparty.io will soon be adding bounties for a Japanese and Chinese site translation.  

As the community continues to grow, we are seeing the various Counterparty Communication Channels begin to specialize. We now have a BitcoinTalk forum, subreddits, a subverse, a telegram chat, a Counterparty specific forum, Slack, and a Skype channel. Slack is being used as a real-time communication hub for the project, with moderated discussion. Consequently, a short list of Slack guidelines is under construction. If you have comments or suggestions for guidelines reach out to a Counterparty Director. Telegram and Skype will continue to be the communication methods with the most minimal moderation.

An Outreach Group was created internally to improve content distribution to the community. An emphasis is being placed on raising awareness within the broader Bitcoin and Ethereum communities. More information on this will be forthcoming in a separate announcement.

Counterparty Gear, previously hosted at counterpartyfoundation.org, is being revamped with a new website. Additional information will be forthcoming.

The Counterparty Foundation Membership Program is being wound down due to the Board’s assessment of the project’s ability to deliver on all of the stated benefits. As part of this, we will be offering a full refund to any current members who ask. If you have an existing membership, contact a board member for additional information.

And finally, Robby Dermody, one of the co-founders of Counterparty, was designated as chairman of the Counterparty Foundation for the current one year term.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on our Community Meeting! Feel free to reach out to us on Slack with any questions, comments, or concerns.